The Latest: Spring/Summer ’16

As we hinted at last week, the Spring/Summer ’16 collections were heavy on the detail, vibrant in color and big on bold silhouettes. Perhaps most surprising was the resounding presence of jewel-tones, laces and ties— both of the girlish and sport variety— plus the Indian inspiration that imbued shows with a rich cultural beauty. Check out all of the season’s top ten trends below.

1. Blue S-Teal
Spring’s ubiquitous candy tones have been deepened and darkened this season as pastels take a back-seat to one jewel tone in particular: teal. From dresses to jackets, everything’s coming up marine.

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L to R: Gucci, Jason Wu, Miu Miu, Dior, Prada.

2. Cold Shoulder
The midriff meets its match as the shoulder becomes the body part to bare. Symmetrical cut-outs lean sporty and urban, while classic boatneck styles feel equal parts sexy and soft.

L to R: Christian Siriano, Derek Lam, Vera Wang, Givenchy, Pringle of Scotland.

L to R: Christian Siriano, Derek Lam, Vera Wang, Givenchy, Pringle of Scotland.

3. Laces Out
“Lace” finds new meaning this season: instead of the delicate boudoir fabric, designers have turned to threaded lace-ups in the form of neckline and pocket ornamentation. Footwear too gets the “laces out” treatment courtesy of major houses like Miu Miu.

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L to R: Anna Sui, Fendi, Herve Leger, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang.

4. Bollywood Babe
From the covert (rich color combinations) to the more literal (sari prints and headscarves), fashion is getting its dose of Hindi heaven. Our favorites: the vibrant Gucci looks and Dries Van Noten’s henna-like body suits.

L to R: Christian Siriano, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Naeem Khan, Gucci.

L to R: Christian Siriano, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Naeem Khan, Gucci.

5. Ruff Around The Edges
Wave-like ruffles wash in on everything from one-shoulder tops to floor-skimming gowns for a touch of bold, girlish drama.

L to R: Adam Selman, MSGM, Peter Pilotto, Elie Saab, Chanel.

L to R: Adam Selman, MSGM, Peter Pilotto, Elie Saab, Chanel.

6. What’s Old is New
Old world embroidery tinges new collections with a whisper of nostalgia, inspiring a modern reverence for the aged craft.

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L to R: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch, Valentino.

7. Tie the Knot
The feminine counterpart to lace-ups, intricate knots and floaty bow-ties add dimension to straps and otherwise-streamlined silhouettes.

L to R: Simone Rocha, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe, Eudon Choi, Chanel.

L to R: Simone Rocha, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe, Eudon Choi, Chanel.

8. Arm Party
Arms get their turn in the limelight as designers apply the “bigger is better” rule-of-thumb to voluminous statement sleeves. Style range from subtle bell to look-at-me princess poufs.

L to R: Fendi, David Koma, JW Anderson, Miu Miu, Peter Pilotto.

L to R: Fendi, David Koma, JW Anderson, Miu Miu, Peter Pilotto.

9. Flight of Fancy
Démodé for some time, plumage takes its place as the embellishment de rigueur this season. Feathered stoles and gowns feel decidedly glam, while collections like Proenza Schouler used plumes to achieve a tribal element.

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L to R: Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Valentino.

10. Buck-le-wild
The Kardashians aren’t the only ones having a “belt moment.” Designers from Louis Vuitton to Burberry are looking to belts and buckles as finishing touches. Geometric, metallic loops were especially popular and Hermès’ geode buckles especially unique.

L to R: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry, Balenciaga, Hermès.

L to R: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry, Balenciaga, Hermès.

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